Miss Universe judges will be all women
The organization Miss Universe announced that, for the first time in its history, to determine the winner of the iconic contest, its next competition will have a panel of judges composed exclusively of women.
The women on the panel will be made up of entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry experts , according to a statement from the organization, adding that some of them will also be former Miss Universe holders.
“This new format will allow our selection committee to meet each of the participants in the coming days,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of The Miss Universe Organization, in a statement. “Each member of the committee is an inspiring woman who reflects our commitment to give and improve opportunities both personally and professionally throughout the year, and are role models for these young women who are our leaders of tomorrow.”
Some of the women on this year’s panel include the United States Goodwill Ambassador and Miss Universe 1988, Bui Simon, the fashion designer Monique Lhuillier , the Moroccan-American entrepreneur Iman Oubou and the Executive Director of Platinum Skies Aviation, Richelle Singson-Michael.
While there will be many changes to this year’s contest, one thing that will not change is Steve Harvey, who will return to present the ceremony. Positive body model and activist Ashley Graham will also return as a presenter from the backstage, to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the competition.
The innovative change in Miss Universe’s competition this year comes amid a reorganization in other contests as well. All these changes are subsequent to the # MeToo movement .
Earlier this year, the independent Miss America pageant announced that it was discarding its iconic swimwear competition, and would no longer judge the contestants for their physical appearance.
This year’s competition will air on Fox on December 16 from Bangkok, Thailand.
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